China: The imprisonment and harassment of Jesus Family members in Shandong Province

This document reports new information received by AI about the imprisonment of members of the Jesus Family, a Protestant community in Shandong province. At least 31 members are reported currently to be serving sentences of between three and twelve years for their peaceful religious activities. Over 60 members of the community were reported to have been detained after a police raid on their village in June 1992, during which a large part of the village was demolished or damaged. Many of those imprisoned are women, 18 of whom are reported to have suffered cruel and degrading treatment in police custody. This paper givers information about Jesus Family members currently reported to be detained and details of the reported damage to buildings and property confiscated during police raids. An account of the Jesus Family’s way of life is also included.

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